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In brief

Federal Decree No. 11,786/2023 was published on 21 November 2023, establishing the National Policy for Quilombola Territorial and Environmental Management (PNGTAQ). The policy aims to, among others, support and promote territorial and environmental management practices of quilombola communities, strengthen the territorial and environmental rights of these communities, and promote the implementation of public policies in an integrated manner and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

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The PNGTAQ was approved on the day that commemorates Black Consciousness in Brazil. It proposes, in short, to promote territorial and environmental management practices developed by quilombola communities and to implement public policies in an integrated manner. It also aims to protect the material and immaterial cultural heritage of quilombola communities. 

The policy will be applied to areas occupied by quilombola communities that have a Technical Identification and Delimitation Report (RTID) published in the Official Gazette of the States or the Union, safeguarding any rights of third parties. 

Five axes comprise the PNGTAQ, namely: (i) territorial integrity, uses, management, and environmental conservation; (ii) sustainable production and income generation, food sovereignty, and nutritional security; (iii) ancestry, identity, and cultural heritage; (iv) education and training aimed at territorial and environmental management; and (v) social organization for territorial and environmental management.

A noteworthy item in the PNGTAQ guidelines is the guarantee of the right to consultation and free, prior, and informed consent (CPLI) of quilombola communities in good faith under the terms of the International Labor Organization’s Convention No. 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, requiring the adoption, where they exist, of autonomous protocols for consulting communities. 

Among others, the PNGTAQ aims to include institutional coordination for the allocation of public forests for land regularization of quilombola territories, as well as promoting the integration of quilombola territories into protected areas under the terms of the National Strategic Plan for Protected Areas.

On the same date that Federal Decree No. 11,786/2023 was signed, INCRA Ordinances 217 to 249 of 14 November 2023 were also published in the Federal Official Gazette, recognizing 29 quilombola territories in 16 Brazilian states and formalizing the definitive identification of the territories and their boundaries.

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Renata Campetti Amaral joined the firm in 2002 and became a partner in 2013. She is the head of the firm’s Climate Change, Environmental Law and Sustainability group in Brazil, and the leader of Ablfs McKfnzif’s global climate change group in Latin America. Is also the coordinator of the sustainability initiatives conducted by the office’s B-Green Committee. Renata assists the major players in the Brazilian market in Nature-bases Solution (NbS) projects, transaction of carbon credits, implementation of decarbonization strategies and carbon-related advocacy and regulatory matters. Renata leads several of the largest environmental and regularization cases in the country. She has extensive experience in sustainability matters, as well as in managing crises and negotiating with stakeholders. Advises on negotiating with authorities; judicial and administrative litigation; reviewing environmental aspects of institutions and financial operations; drafting environmental provisions in contracts and other commercial operations. Renata has extensive experience in dealing with environmental management, legal auditing and other organizational practices; regulatory and institutional analysis and environmental control; negotiation and implementation of environmental remediation plans; environmental licensing; legal aspects of biodiversity protection; environmental crisis management; development of preventive policies and strategies for companies; negotiation and drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of carbon credits and acting in transactions related to various aspects of the energy transition.
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Giovani Bruno Tomasoni joined the Firm in 2008 and became partner of the Environment, Consumer and Sustainability practice group in 2020. He practices with focus on Environment, Public Law, Energy, Forestry, and helps clients in the internalization of concepts such as sustainability, ESG, circular economy, environmental compliance, among others.
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Manuela Demarche joined the Firm in 2017, and has been working with Environmental Law since 2010. She is currently a Senior Associate of the firm’s Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change practice group.
She has several years of experience in complex matters connected to environmental, sustainability and climate change, and her practice focus on a wide range of matters, particularly in connection to environmental liability, licensing proceedings, carbon and M&A transactions and cross-border disputes. During 2022, she did an attorney training program in the U.S. and has worked as a Legal Extern for the American Clean Power Association.
She regularly advises international and domestic clients in relevant cases, including preparing opinions, overseeing due diligences, drafting administrative and judicial claims for disputes arising from controversial environmental matters. Under her umbrella, she regularly deals with regularization (air pollution, effluents, solid waste, contaminated areas), circular economy, take-back schemes, extended producer responsibility, carbon markets, REDD+, biodiversity and crisis management.
Awards and Recognitions
Manuela Demarche is recognized for her work as an outstanding professional – “Associate-to-watch” – in Environmental Law in Brazil, by the publication Chambers and Partners. She was also mentioned by Análise Advocacia Mulher.
*Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.

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